May 21, 2018
Times Union Center
Albany, New York
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
Kurt Angle, Stephanie McMahon, Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens In-Ring Segment:
Raw has been on a roll lately. Ronda Rousey will have her first title match at Money in the Bank against Nia Jax. Tonight, he will be presiding over their contract signing. Also on the program, there will be a Fatal Four Way Qualifying Match for the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Stephanie McMahon comes out to interrupt Angle. All of her previous issues with Angle are now water under the bridge. Stephanie is a leader and a businessperson who will do what’s best for business. With her guidance, Angle can do so much better. Angle has done a phenomenal job since WrestleMania. She’ll be the one presiding over the contract signing. Angle says that he could use more room for guidance. Angle has given Roman Reigns too much latitude.
The Big Dog joins the conversation. Stephanie is not liking this new attitude from Reigns. He could be looking for a new job after all. Reigns says that he can go to the back and destroy her favorite superstars. Stephanie does not play favorites. She does what’s best for business. She’s a leader. She manages multiple revenue streams. She doesn’t play favorites. That’s beneath her. Reigns brings up Brock Lesnar. He wants Stephanie to cut the corporate crap and look into his eyes and speak the truth. Stephanie doesn’t want Reigns near the Universal Title or Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Reigns already handled his business with Jinder Mahal.
The Authority’s lap dog, Kevin Owens arrives. Owens feels in debt to Reigns because Jinder was not able to compete in the Triple Threat Money in the Bank Qualifying Match. Owens obtaining the Money in the Bank Briefcase is what’s best for business. Owens likes Reigns. He conducts a Thank You Roman chant. Owens disagrees with the narrative that Stephanie plays favorites. Owens had issues with her father and brother, but she still made him the cornerstone of Raw. It’s because she knows talent when she sees it. Never touch Stephanie. Stephanie announces that Owens will battle Reigns right now.
First Match: Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Reigns backs Owens into the turnbuckles. Owens applies a waist lock. Owens transitions into a side headlock. Reigns reverses the hold. Reigns drops Owens with a Massive Shoulder Tackle. Owens is trying to regain his composure on the outside. Reigns with a Right Hand to Owens. Reigns bounces Owens head on the top turnbuckle pad. Reigns delivers multiple strikes in the corner. Reigns HeadButts Owens. Reigns irish whips Owens to the corner. Owens kicks Reigns in the jaw. Reigns responds with a uppercut that sends Owens crashing to the floor.
Reigns and Owens are trading back and forth shots. Reigns goes for a Drive By, but Owens counters with a SuperKick. Reigns has Owens perched on the top turnbuckle. Owens decks Reigns with a Back Elbow Smash. Reigns fires up with a series of lariats. Owens avoids a Big Boot from Reigns. Owens drops Reigns with a DDT for a two count. Owens sets up for The Pop Up PowerBomb, but Reigns holds on to the ropes. Reigns creates distance with a Big Boot. Owens with a Forearm Smash to Reigns. Reigns responds with a Samoan Drop for a two count.
Owens rolls Reigns over for a two count. Owens follows that with another SuperKick. Owens goes for a Running Cannonball Strike, but Reigns counters with The SuperMan Punch for a two count. Owens wisely rolls himself out of the ring. Reigns Spears Owens on the floor. Jinder Mahal attacks Reigns from behind to cause the disqualification. After the match, Jinder and Owens are double teaming Reigns. Seth Rollins storms into the ring to make the save.
Winner: Roman Reigns via Disqualification
Second Match: Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens & Jinder Mahal w/Sunil Singh
Rollins and Jinder will start things off. Jinder with clubbing strikes across the back of Rollins. Jinder goes for a BodySlam, but Rollins lands back on his feet. Rollins delivers a series of knife edge chops. Jinder drops Rollins with a shoulder tackle. Rollins dropkicks Jinder. Rollins follows that with a SlingShot Crossbody Block. Rollins rolls Jinder back into the ring. Rollins with a haymaker to Jinder. Rollins tags in Reigns. Rollins blasts Jinder with a Running Forearm Smash. Reigns clotheslines Jinder for a two count. Reigns targets the injured ribs of Jinder. Jinder takes down Reigns with a Back Elbow Smash. Jinder tags in Owens. Owens repeatedly stomps on Reigns head. Owens and Jinder are cutting the ring in half.
Jinder with a SlingShot Knee Drop to Reigns. Jinder applies a half nelson chin lock. Owens talks smack to the Albany Crowd. Jinder rams his shoulders into the midsection of Reigns. Jinder tags in Owens. Owens is wearing down Reigns with more bodyshots. Owens brings Reigns to Chin Lock City. Reigns gets back to a vertical base. Owens kicks Reigns in the chest. Reigns responds with an Inside Out Lariat. Reigns tosses Jinder out of the ring. Jinder pulls Rollins off the ring apron. Jinder sends Rollins back first to the ringside barricade. Owens hits The Running Cannonball Strike for a two count. Owens and Reigns are trading back and forth shots.
Owens kicks Reigns in the ribs for a two count. Owens goes back to the rear chin lock. Reigns goes for a Samoan Drop, but Owens lands back on his feet. Reigns finally creates separation with a Big Boot. Reigns tags in Rollins. Rollins with a SpringBoard Clothesline to Jinder. Rollins knocks Owens off the ring apron. Rollins dives over Jinder. Rollins with a SlingBlade. Rollins clotheslines Jinder over the top rope. Owens trips Rollins from the outside. Rollins with a Wrecking Ball Dropkick to Owens. Rollins follows that with Two Suicide Dives. Rollins rolls Jinder back into the ring. Rollins kicks Jinder in the jaw. Rollins connects with The BlockBuster for a two count.
Rollins sets up for The Blackout, but Sunil Singh gets in the way. Jinder with a Double Knee GutBuster for a two count. Jinder goes for The Khallas, but Rollins counters with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Owens tags himself in. Owens catches Rollins in mid-air. Owens drops Rollins on his knee. Owens with a Spinning Elbow Drop for a two count. Reigns uppercuts Jinder. Reigns with a Samoan Drop to Jinder. Owens SuperKicks Reigns. Owens negates The Revolution Knee Strike. Owens goes for a Pop Up PowerBomb, but Rollins lands back on his feet. Rollins SuperKicks Owens. Rollins plants Owens with The Blackout to pickup the victory. After the match, Jinder beats down Reigns and Rollins on the stage with a steel chair.
Winner: Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins via Pinfall
Bobby Lashley & Sami Zayn In-Ring Segment:
Alexa Bliss Backstage Interview:
Third Match: Alexa Bliss w/Mickie James vs. Ember Moon
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Moon applies an arm-bar. Bliss drives Moon’s head to the canvas. Bliss repeatedly stomps on the back of Moon’s head. Moon drops Bliss with a Running Crossbody Block for a two count. Bliss rolls herself out of the ring. Moon dodges a forearm strike from Bliss. Moon delivers a HeadScissors TakeOver on the floor. Moon switches her focus to Mickie James. Bliss sends Moon crashing into the ringside barricade with a Swinging Arm-Ringer. Bliss with the cover for a one count. Bliss continues to apply pressure on the left shoulder of Moon. Bliss is expressing her frustration after the commercial break.
Bliss kicks Moon in the back. Bliss locks in a figure four arm-bar. Moon rolls Bliss over for a two count. Bliss goes for another Swinging Arm Ringer, but Moon counters with a straight right hand. Moon with a Side Walk Slam to Bliss. Moon delivers her lighting quick offense. Bliss drags the apron skirt into the ring. Mickie distracts the referee with her fancy heels. The referee ejects Mickie from the ringside area. Moon with a parting shot to Mickie. Bliss rolls Moon over for a two count. Moon kicks Bliss in the chest. Moon plants Bliss with The Eclipse to pickup the victory.
Winner: Ember Moon via Pinfall
Stephanie McMahon, Finn Balor and Braun Strowman Backstage Segment:
Fourth Match: Baron Corbin vs. No Way Jose
Jose starts things off with multiple haymakers. Jose with a Baseball Slide Dropkick to Corbin. Jose follows that with a SlingShot Crossbody Block. Corbin kicks Jose in the chest. Corbin lands a Flying Clothesline off the ring apron. Corbin is putting the boots to Jose. Corbin rolls Jose back into the ring. Corbin sends Jose crashing shoulder first into the steel ring post. Corbin is choking Jose with his boot.
Corbin with the cover for a two count. Corbin applies a Half Nelson Chin Lock. Jose side steps Corbin into the steel ring post. Jose kicks Corbin in the jaw. Jose ducks a clothesline from Corbin. Jose delivers a Big Boot. Jose clotheslines Corbin. Jose connects with a FlapJack. Corbin blocks The Wind Up Punch. Jose rolls Corbin over for a two count. Corbin hits The Deep Six. Corbin plants Jose with The End Of Days to pickup the victory.
Winner: Baron Corbin via Pinfall
Looks like there's an issue that needs to be settled in the ring between @WWEGable @HEELZiggler & @DMcIntyre! #RAW pic.twitter.com/dmC3wuu4ow
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) May 22, 2018
Fifth Match: The B-Team vs. Breezango
Curtis Axel and Tyler Breeze will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Axel applies a side headlock. Axel grapples around Breeze. Axel with the early cover for a one count. Breeze display his grappling ability. Axel rolls himself out of the ring. Axel tags in Dallas. Breeze drop toe holds Dallas to the canvas. Breeze applies a wrist lock. Breeze tags in Fandango.
Fandango lands a flying double axe handle strike. Fandango with a series of jabs to Dallas. Fandango with the lateral press for a two count. Dallas goes for a Sunset Flip, but Fandango blocks it. Axel makes the blind tag. Dallas knocks Breeze off the ring apron. The B-Team plants Fandango with their Belly to Back Suplex/Neck Breaker Combination to pickup the victory.
Winner: The B-Team via Pinfall
Ronda Rousey & Nia Jax Money In The Bank Contract Signing:
Sixth Match: Dolph Ziggler w/Drew McIntyre vs. Chad Gable
Long chain grappling exchange breaks out after the bell rings. Gable applies a wrist lock. Gable lands a deep arm-drag. Gable floats over into a front face lock. Ziggler heads to the middle rope to create separation. Gable with the cover for a one count. Gable applies a waist lock. Ziggler decks Gable with a Back Elbow Smash. Ziggler dropkicks Gable for a two count. Ziggler rams his boot across Gable’s face. Ziggler applies a rear chin lock.
Ziggler slams Gable’s head on the canvas. Ziggler with a Leaping Elbow Drop for a two count. Ziggler goes back to the rear chin lock. Gable gets back to a vertical base. Gable creates distance with multiple bodyshots. Gable with The La Magistral for a two count. Ziggler kicks Gable in the gut. Ziggler goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Gable lands back on his feet.
Ziggler blocks The German Suplex attempt from Gable. Ziggler drops Gable with a Swinging Neck Breaker. Gable fires back with a Back Elbow Smash of his own. Gable rolls Ziggler over for a two count. Gable launches Ziggler face first to the top turnbuckle pad. Gable connects with a German Suplex for a two count. Ziggler fights out of The Ankle Lock. Ziggler HeadButts Gable. Ziggler follows that with a SuperKick to pickup the victory. After the match, McIntyre lays out Gable with The Claymore.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler via Pinfall
Seventh Match: Liv Morgan vs. Sarah Logan vs. Dana Brooke vs. Natalya in a Fatal Four Way Money In The Bank Qualifying Match
Morgan kicks Natalya in the gut. Logan attacks Brooke from behind. Logan repeatedly stomps on Brooke’s chest in the corner. Morgan slams Natalya’s head on the canvas. Brooke with a series of forearm shivers to Logan. Morgan with a Flying FaceBuster for a two count. Natalya kicks Logan in the gut. Natalya follows that with a Snap Vertical Suplex for a two count. Morgan whips Natalya to the corner.
Natalya side steps Morgan into the turnbuckles. Natalya with a SlingShot Atomic Drop to Morgan. Natalya delivers a Basement Dropkick for a two count. Logan responds with a Running Knee Strike. Brooke breaks the pin attempt. Brooke clotheslines Logan. Morgan with a Step Up Enzuigiri to Brooke. The Riott Squad are double teaming Natalya.
Logan drops Natalya with a Forearm Smash. Brooke drags Morgan out of the ring. Brooke and Morgan are laid out after a double clothesline on the floor. Natalya with a Side Russian Leg Sweep to Logan. Natalya attacks Ruby. Logan with a Running Knee for a two count. Logan sends Brooke crashing shoulder first to the steel ring post. Natalya connects with The Discus Lariat. Natalya locks in The SharpShooter which forces Logan to tap out.
Winner: Natalya via Submission
Eight Match: Bobby Roode vs. Elias
Elias attacks Roode before the bell rings. Elias repeatedly stomps on Roode’s chest. Roode tells the referee to start the match. Roode throws his robe at Elias. Roode transitions into a ground and pound attack. Roode blasts Elias with a Chop/Haymaker Combination. Roode bounces Elias head on the top turnbuckle pad. Roode explodes out of the corner with a Running Clothesline. Roode clotheslines Elias over for a two count. Elias puts down Roode after the commercial break.
Elias with a Knee Drop for a two count. Elias with a Vertical Suplex for a two count. Elias applies a Modified Cobra Clutch. Roode gets back to a vertical base. Roode fires up with multiple bodyshots. Elias kicks Roode in the gut. Roode hits his lighting quick offense. Roode with a Corner Clothesline to Elias. Roode goes for a Swinging Neck Breaker, but Elias blocks it. Roode connects with a SpineBuster for a two count.
Roode goes for a Glorious DDT, but Elias rolls him over for a two count. Elias levels Roode with a Knee Lift. Roode kicks Elias in the jaw. Elias avoids The BlockBuster. Looks like Roode tweaked his knee. Roode drops Elias with a Swinging Neck Breaker. Elias has Roode perched on the top turnbuckle. Elias plants Roode with Drift Away to pickup the victory. After the match, Braun Strowman lays out Elias with a Shoulder Tackle on the stage.
Winner: Elias via Pinfall
NEXT WEEK: @WWERollins will defend the #ICTitle against The #ModernDayMaharaja @JinderMahal on #RAW! pic.twitter.com/v13MPO9NJW
— WWE (@WWE) May 22, 2018
ALSO NEXT WEEK: It's a LAST CHANCE #MITB Qualifying #GauntletMatch on #RAW as either @SashaBanksWWE @sarahloganwwe @RubyRiottWWE @YaOnlyLivvOnce @MickieJames @itsBayleyWWE or @DanaBrookeWWE will enter the Women's #LadderMatch! pic.twitter.com/krInEwFW4y
— WWE (@WWE) May 22, 2018
Ninth Match: Finn Balor vs. Braun Strowman
Winner: Braun Strowman via Pinfall
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